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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Vehicle On Fire On The West Side

A car parked about 15 feet from a house was ablaze on Demonts Street on the lower West side. 

According to reports, the street was blocked off at Lancaster Avenue while emergency crews worked to extinguish the flames.

Once it was put out, they found that the fire started underneath the hood, but there's no word on the cause. The fire is under investigation by Saint John Police and the Saint John Fire Department.

Library Launches Local Authors Database

The stories of and behind the literary figures in New Brunswick are now more accessible through a project launched by the library. 

The New Brunswick Author Portal is an online resource that collects information about local writers and its now available through the New Brunswick Public Library Service. Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Trevor Holder tells CHSJ News we have a thriving literary scene here in New Brunswick and he names Wayne Curtis and David Adams Richards as two of his favourite local writers. Holder tells us that this portal is a way to showcase them and their fellow authors.

To access the portal, click here.

UPDATED: Structure Fire in Quispamsis

A blaze engulfing a home located at 24 Alderbrook Drive in Quispamsis. 

The KV Fire Department tells CHSJ News that they fought the fire for about five hours before it was extinguished. The garage was heavily damaged, but how and where the fire started is still under investigation. 

They tell us that nobody was hurt. 
(Photo Courtesy of Doug Epton)

Nominations For Live Life Awards Open

Is there somebody or some business in the heart of the city that you think deserves some kudos? Well, now's your chance to give them some recognition.

Nominations are now open for Uptown Saint John's bi-annual Live Life Awards, which celebrates the best of what the Port City has to offer. Categories include Best New Business, Creative Personality Award, Social Space, and more. You have until May 14th to submit your nominations, which you can do here.

You'll be able to check out shortlist on May 16th, on Uptown Saint John's website. The awards ceremony itself is on June 6th.

St. Thomas University Ignores Cap on Tuition Fees

The tuition hike at St. Thomas University in Fredericton is raising some eyebrows. The annual fee is being raised by $434, a number that's nearly triple the provincial government's cap on tuition increases. 

Jeffrey Carleton, a spokesman for the university says the increase was necessary to balance the books, but post-secondary education minister Danny Soucy says he's disappointed that they're not abiding by the cap. However, the cap is not a law, so he has to go over the matter before he decides if the government can take any action with the university. 

The government froze funding for public universities and introduced at $150 cap to tuition fees in its 2013-2014 budget. 

With the hike, the annual cost of a bachelor of arts degree at St. Thomas University is now $5,379.